Geriatric Pet Care & Palliative Care

Here we discuss the importance of geriatric and palliative care for senior pets and how our clinic offers specialised support and services to ensure your furry family members enjoy a comfortable and loving life in their golden years.

Early diagnosis of diseases commonly seen as your pet ages can dramatically improve quality of life.  While some age-related diseases may not be preventable, early detection and intervention is the key to successful management.

Senior pet checkups should involve a general physical examination combined with urine and blood tests (cbc, chemistry profile and in cats, thyroid tests).  Any new lumps found can be checked, and we can identify any dental disease causing your pet discomfort.  We may recommend further testing based on findings of the examination (eg heart checks if we detected a murmur).

You should observe your ageing pet for any of the following:

  • Appetite changes and weight loss/gain
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Toileting issues (eg urinating indoors)
  • Excessive thirst
  • Any problems with urination – changes in frequency, volume or straining
  • New lumps or bumps
  • Cough (especially if it becomes frequent or regular)
  • Any confusion, disorientation, anxiety or changes in sleep patterns
  • Difficulty rising, walking, climbing stairs, or getting in the car
  • Lameness and stiffness of joints
  • Loss of hearing or vision
  • Loss of balance

Palliative care: focuses on enhancing the quality of life for pets with terminal or serious illnesses. This approach emphasises pain management, comfort, and emotional support for both pets and their owners. It allows your beloved companion to live comfortably and peacefully for as long as possible.

Geriatric and palliative care ensures that your ageing pet’s life is as comfortable and fulfilling as possible, even in the face of health challenges. Caring for an ageing or terminally ill pet can be emotionally challenging. Our clinic offers support and guidance to help you and your pet through this difficult journey. Please get in touch with us to book in a senior pet check up or to learn more about our palliative care nursing clinic.

Emergency Out of Hours Clinic

At the Vets is a member of the Christchurch After Hours Veterinary Clinic.
You are welcome to use the After Hours clinic if there is an emergency with your pet at any time that At the Vets is closed. After Hours will forward us your pet’s treatment history so we can continue their care.

The After Hours Veterinary Clinic telephone number is

03 366 1052

The After Hours clinic is located at 146 Antigua Street, Christchurch.
(on the Disraeli Street corner)

Our opening times

Monday to Friday 8.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 3.00pm
Sundays and Public Holidays Closed